This week we will be sending Madison to her first real camp.
While we are all so excited for her to attend the fantastic softball camp at Texas A&M, a school very near and dear to our family. (Hubby is a 2002 graduate.) We are all secretly so nervous.
The drive is about 2 hours so if anything DID happen, we could be there but we know she is in good hands at the camp.
The kids will be staying at a new off site dorm and it looks amazing from the pictures online.
So this week we are preparing. Lots of making our list and checking it twice, making sure she has everything she needs while away. I of course am using Mabels Labels to label all her items.
As we pack, we talk to her continuously about safety. Making sure she stays with her group, listens to the camp counselors, looking both ways before she crosses any streets, etc. We just want her to be safe.
We are also talking about what we expect of her while she is away.
We expect her to respect the instructors, coaches, and even her fellow campers. Being a good listener, using manners when spoken to, and being a good friend.
We have also been talking with her about the importance of hydration. It is going to be HOT at camp. She is going to be outside for many hours every day and we need her to stay hydrated. We are working on that this week as well with lots of water so she is not dehydrated before she even gets to camp.
While camp is meant to be fun we also want her to learn. We want her to try her best. I know it is going to be hot on the field and difficult trying the new things they are teaching her but I just want her to give it her all. That is all I ask. We have been talking to her about this for weeks. Practicing, listening, and trying her best is all we ask. If she does these things then camp should be fun. She should come away from it with a new love of the game, new techniques, and new friends.
How do you prepare your kids for camp? Athletic or other?